USS Graphics purchases first Inca Onset in Africa

Louis Burger, MD at USS Graphics, with the Inca OnsetR40i that will be installed in Cape TownUSS Graphics has become the first company in Africa to invest in an Inca Onset printer. An Onset R40i is currently being installed with three-quarter automation at the commercial print service provider’s premises in Epping, Cape Town.

Inca's sales channel for flatbed printers is through Fujifilm organisations worldwide.

USS Graphics is one of very few production houses in South Africa to offer “campaignability”, which refers to the ability to produce all elements of a campaign in one location. This includes small and large-format screen, offset and digitally printed applications.

With the global shift towards shorter print runs and variable data, the company realised it had to adapt its fleet to reflect this market change. ‘We didn’t want to invest in another digital device to replace our conventional presses, but rather something that could complement it,’ comments Louis Burger, MD of USS Graphics. The Onset and its ongoing development have been on the company’s radar since the machine was launched in 2007. The business started in-depth discussions with Fujifilm and other manufacturers offering high-end wide-format digital printers at drupa 2012.

Burger is excited about the wealth of benefits that the Onset will bring to the business: ‘Although this isn’t our first digital large-format device, the R40i will set new quality and productivity standards. Not only will it allow us to expand into new markets, but it will also maximise profitability on certain jobs as it eliminates the need for pre-press and make-readies, as well as certain post-press processes.’

A look inside the Onset R40i

Launched at FESPA Digital last year, the printer uses Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads, which deliver a 14 picolitre drop size, and has a genuine productivity of 400m2 per hour. Based on the dynamic Onset scalable architecture platform, it is available with a variety of colour options and enables customers to modify their machines from a four-colour configuration to five, six or seven colours.

The full-width array LT version of this Inca allows printers who are considering a mid-range digital flatbed to invest in a future-proof, cost-effective high-end alternative. As their businesses grow, they can adapt other elements of the printer, such as the UV curing lamps, automation, speed modes, electronics and software, to suit their evolving production needs.

The unit reaches a maximum output resolution of 1 200dpi on media up to 3.14m x 1.6m in size and up to 50mm thick. This is achieved at the rate of up to 80 full-bed sheets per hour. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and super high-quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements. The Onset also supports Inca’s print run controller software for companies requiring variable data printing capabilities.

An automated solution

Compatible with Inca’s flexible automation system, the R40i allows users to operate manually, or with semi or three-quarter automation. Thanks to continuous feed and print when utilising the automation system, users can reduce labour costs and achieve increased efficiency.

‘The Onset R40i delivers the ideal combination of speed and quality,’ explains Tomonori Hemmi, GM of Fujifilm South Africa’s graphics and medical systems divisions. ‘This makes it the ideal investment for print service providers that produce a mix of both fast-turnaround retail graphics for distance viewing and high-quality applications that will be viewed at short distances.’

He believes that USS Graphics is setting a new standard for printing companies in the country looking to maximise profitability without compromising on quality or productivity. ‘We look forward to working closely with the company to ensure it capitalises on the wealth of opportunities the Inca Onset device offers,’ concludes Hemmi.

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